Connecting in a Placeless Time: A Virtual Program with Historian and Newburgh native Kevin Burke Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 3pm (EST)

Matthew Gilmore Discussion
Connecting in a Placeless Time:
A Virtual Program with Historian
and Newburgh native Kevin Burke

Sunday, September 19, 3pm (EST)

In his call for a new great awakening to place, Newburgh native Kevin Burke, historian, documentary film producer, and creator, host, and executive producer of the podcast "Your Hometown," will discuss what he's learned interviewing prominent and everyday guests about how where we're from shapes who we are, how everyone's story matters where it mattered, and how the local is the epic in our lives.

Register for tickets here.

The event is free. Donations are appreciated. A Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees on hour before the event.

Kevin Burke

 Kevin Burke is a historian, journalist, and documentary film producer who has developed the podcast series “Your Hometown,” which he also hosts and produces. In addition to serving as the director of research at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, he is the founder and CEO of Kevin Burke Productions, Inc., a New-York based company. His film credits include working as a producer on the popular genealogy series “Finding Your Roots”, now in its seventh season on PBS, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This is Our Song” (PBS, 2021), and “Reconstruction: America after the Civil War” (PBS, 2019), winner of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. With Henry Louis Gates Jr., Burke is the coauthor of And Still I Rise: Black America since MLK (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2015) and co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, Twelve Years a Slave (W. W. Norton & Co., 2016).

Burke graduated from Harvard College in 1998 and from Harvard Law School in 2003. He received his master’s degree in History and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard in 2004 and 2006, respectively. A member of the New York State Bar, Burke serves on several boards, including as chair of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy and president of the Downing Film Center in Newburgh, New York, his hometown. He and his wife live with their two children in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter @Kevin_M_Burke.
  Our hometowns – and the years we spend there growing up – loom large and cast long shadows. Whether we stay, move away, or eventually come back, they mark a permanent geography within our very beings. Our experiences there are foundational, our memories of them visceral – their needle ready to drop – and, in the rearview … they’re almost mythic. In this series, I want to discover where we’re from and when we’re from and how that unique crossroads in our coming of age years shapes us forever. One guest. One interview. One hometown at a time.

Learn more about the "Your Hometown" podcast here at

ollow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our mailing list!

Board of Managers

Samantha Wiley, President
Jim Hoekema, Vice President
Louise Fern, Treasurer
Steven Baltsas, Secretary

Alan Axelrod
Carson Carter
Gayle Clark Fedigan
David Fekishazy
Glenn T. Marshall
Mary McTamaney
Roy R. Spells
Reggie Young

Executive Director
Caitlin Zimicki-Bowditch

Library Volunteer: Camille Corallo

About Society: The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands is a nonprofit organization founded in 1884 and dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the unique history, architecture and culture of Newburgh and the surrounding area. Since 1954 it has been headquartered in the Captain David Crawford House, an 1830 historic house museum with a collection of period furnishings, paintings, and decorative arts - as well as temporary exhibit space and a collection of historic ship models. The house also contains an extensive research archive of local documentation and photographs. In addition to maintaining the house and collections, the Historical Society offers illustrated lectures, guided walks and other public programs, including the popular “Candlelight Tour” of private houses decorated for the holidays every December.
  Copyright © 2020 Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you have shown an interest in Historical Society events in the past or because you have signed up at

Our mailing address is:
Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands
189 Montgomery Street
Newburgh, New York 12550
Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.